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SB Audigy series Vista Support Pack v2.15.0004EQ with Equalizer (02/24/2008)

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daniel_k
Super Contributor Posts: 345 Registered: 04-03-2007

Warning: These drivers and softwares are unofficial, not supported by Creative Labs, Inc. Use them at your own risk.

Sound Blaster Audigy series Vista Support Pack - Compiled on Feb 24 2008 by Daniel Kawakami

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Changelog: * 02/24/2008: - Finally fixed Speakers and CMSS setting synchronization, so Audio Center was removed. - Completely uninstall the previous version, including all applications, before installing this one. * 02/21/2008: - Under certain circunstances, Speakers and CMSS setting are still not synchronized. - Now includes the full featured Creative Graphic Equalizer, with Preset saving, see screenshot below. * 02/19/2008: - Changed the driver version from v2.15.0004B to v2.15.0004EQ (with Equalizer). - Windows speaker settings are now synchronized with Audio Console / Speaker Settings speaker configuration. - Enabling CMSS in Audio Console or EAX Settings now properly activate effects in Creative APO; Stereo focus slider does not work, so Audio Center is still required for that. - Audigy 2 ZS Notebook is now properly supported / detected by Setup - Completely uninstall the previous release before installing this one.

Supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista (including Service Pack 1).

Supports all Audigy card with a Hardware EMU10K2 DSP chipset (OEM / Retail models): Audigy (including ES, MP3+, X-Gamer and Platinum) Audigy 2 (including Value, Platinum and Platinum Ex) Audigy 2 ZS (including Platinum and Platinum Pro) Audigy 4 (including SE and Pro) Audigy 2 ZS Notebook (PCMCIA) - Uses software MIDI emulation that does not (currently) work in Vista.

Does NOT support the following OEM / Retail models: - Host / software-based cards including Audigy LS / SE / Value, Audigy 2 SE, Live! 24-bit) - any external Audigy soundcards

Integrated setup program to install the following items: Audigy series driver 2.15.0004 (the latest X-Fi driver) APO Interface Module 1.30.00 Audio Console 1.20.57 (including Graphic Equalizer) EAX Settings 1.10.05 MediaSource DVD-Audio Player 2.00.76 (32-bit only) SoundFont Bank Manager 3.20.20 Speaker Settings 2.00.60

Exclusive features in this unofficial driver: Equalizer CMSS and Stereo Surround with Stereo focus control Advanced EQ and Special FX available (see notes below) Dolby/DTS decoder (working on 32-bit/64-bit, requires Windows Vista Service Pack 1) DVD Audio (32-bit only) Hardware MIDI synthesizer (includes 2Mb, 4Mb and 8Mb SoundFont banks) 4 Gb RAM approved (tested on Intel C2D E6400, Gigabyte 965P-DS3, 4Gb RAM)

Release notes / Known issues:
- Windows Security warning during driver installation When prompted with "Windows can't verify the publisher of this driver software", choose "Install this driver software anyway".

- MediaSource DVD- Audio Player requires Audigy 2 or better Do not install if you have the first Audigy model. The application does not support Windows Vista 64-bit and setup will close with an error message.

- WaveRT Pull Mode enabled by default Does not seem to cause any problems, but if you ever need to disable it, follow these steps: - run the Registry Editor (Regedit) and open the following registry tree: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class - select Search (or press the F3 key) and type EnableWaveRTPullMode, deleting the value when found. Restart the computer. For more information on WaveRT, access: http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/audio/wavertport.mspx

- Built- in Decoder (requires Windows Vista Service Pack 1) To use the built-in decoder, make sure it is enabled in Audio Console. Select "SPDIF Out (Creative SB Audigy (WDM))" as the output device of your player and then configure the AC3/DTS filter to send the stream through SPDIF. When you restart your computer, the Tone settings (Bass and Treble) are not applied. Just readjust one of the controls one time per boot.

- EAX effects, Advanced EQ and Special FX EAX effects only work in 4.1, 5.1 e 7.1 speaker settings. Advanced EQ and Special FX only work in 2.1 speakers or Headphone settings.

- EAX effects, Advanced EQ and Special FX (Using SPDIF Out) All effects work properly, but when you restart your computer, the Tone settings (Bass and Treble) are not applied. Just readjust one of the controls one time per boot.

- There is no sound in games with OpenAL support or using Creative ALchemy Disable Advanced EQ and Special FX selecting "No effects" before running the game or program.

- Equalizer settings are lost It happens after you run a game with OpenAL support or using Creative ALchemy. This issue also occurs in Windows XP, so it is not specific to this Windows Vista driver. When you restart the computer or run Equalizer, the saved setting is automatically loaded.

- No sound when CMSS is enabled using Audio Console (4.1 or more speakers)

Just move the Stereo Focus slider and set it back to the desired position, even if it is 0 (zero). Once the setting is saved, works properly. This issue does not affect EAX Settings.

- Windows Vista MIDI Device Configuration Utility Use this utility to change the MIDI playback device for 32-bit and 64-bit applications. The driver installer automatically selects the first hardware MIDI synthesizer found. Note: The Audigy 2 ZS Notebook (PCMCIA) does not have a hardware synthesizer.

Some screenshots: - Equalizer:

- Stereo Surround:

- Decoder:

- Mplayer Classic: select "SPDIF Out (Creative SB Audigy (WDM))" as the output device of your player

- Mplayer Classic: configure the AC3/DTS filter to send the stream through SPDIF

- Hardware MIDI:

Download from: FileFront (64.8 Mb)

All files are property of Creative Labs, Inc. Message Edited by daniel_k on 03-26-2008 10:05 PM
02-10-2008 09:47 PM

Message Edited by Dale-CL on 03-28-2008 05:14 PM

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Re: SB Audigy series Vista Support Pack v2.15.0004, including drivers and applications (02/11/2008)

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nicu2007
Contributor Posts: 32 Registered: 03-09-2007

WOW!! looking forward to this..you are the man daniel! thanks a lot in advance!

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Re: SB Audigy series Vista Support Pack v2.15.0004, including drivers and applications (02/11/2008)

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hewlett
Contributor Posts: 16 Registered: 03-10-2007

OMG HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY !!! Thank you so much, Daniel your a total Geinus . Totaly great sound ,system:qx9650Augidy 2zs=finally P5E:4G/G-skill:8800 gtx Vista Ult.64 bit, yes yes yessssssssss creative pay this guy U ME AND EVERYONE ELSE OWES HIM.

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Re: SB Audigy series Vista Support Pack v2.15.0004, including drivers and applications (02/11/2008)

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clipper500
Contributor Posts: 18 Registered: 03-29-2007

Hello again..... Massive, massive thanks....I have not had a chance to put this to work yet, but this looks great! One question before I scrap the current setup (which thanks to Daniel has been working magnificently for months)... Is the Vista Service Pack 1 now available or is it still in Beta? If in Beta, I am making a big assumption here that it is pretty solid....I am just a bit gunshy of using anything in Beta, especially this with Vista having some rocky patches.....

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Thanks again.... Bob

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dypsis
Regular Contributor Posts: 247 Registered: 02-22-2007

Thanks Daniel. This is the way to go for the Audigy Series in Vista.

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alexs3d2
Guru Posts: 1154 Registered: 05-30-2005

I have a problem with these drivers: CMSS ans Stereo Surround are not applied on music played from Windows Media Player. On other content such as from Line In it is OK. This problem is also present on the standard Audigy Vista drivers. The older package, having 5.xx.xxx drivers worked brilliantly. Every driver that starts with 6.xx.xxx gives me this problem!

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Re: SB Audigy series Vista Support Pack v2.15.0004, including drivers and applications (02/11/2008)

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daniel_k
Super Contributor Posts: 345 Registered: 04-03-2007

clipper500 wrote: Hello again..... Massive, massive thanks....I have not had a chance to put this to work yet, but this looks great!

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One question before I scrap the current setup (which thanks to Daniel has been working magnificently for months)... Is the Vista Service Pack 1 now available or is it still in Beta? If in Beta, I am making a big assumption here that it is pretty solid....I am just a bit gunshy of using anything in Beta, especially this with Vista having some rocky patches..... Thanks again.... Bob

The final, RTM version of Vista SP1 is unofficially available, you can "find it" all over the web. Decoding is only possible because Microsoft fixed the audio stack and/or made changes to it. I can say Microsoft is the one to blame.
02-12-2008 06:10 AM

You are welcome.

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Super Contributor Posts: 345 Registered: 04-03-2007

alexs3d2 wrote: I have a problem with these drivers: CMSS ans Stereo Surround are not applied on music played from Windows Media Player. On other content such as from Line In it is OK. This problem is also present on the standard Audigy Vista drivers. The older package, having 5.xx.xxx drivers worked brilliantly. Every driver that starts with 6.xx.xxx gives me this problem!

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A clean install of Vista 32-bit SP1 (integrated) worked just fine. However, installing SP1 after a clean install of RTM, then installing the drivers does not work in Vista 64-bit. If the driver loses the ability to syncronize the setting, you can just use Audio Center to enable and configure CMSS. Speaker configuration should be set manually in the Sound properties.
02-12-2008 06:16 AM

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Re: SB Audigy series Vista Support Pack v2.15.0004, including drivers and applications (02/11/2008)

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clipper500
Contributor Posts: 18 Registered: 03-29-2007

Hi.... Daniel....thanks again for the reply....the version of SP1 that I found at the Microsoft site indicates that it has an expiration date....does the RTM version that you refer to that is found at other web sites also have an expiration date and must be replaced by the "official" release soon to come? Bob

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daniel_k
Super Contributor Posts: 345 Registered: 04-03-2007

clipper500 wrote: Hi.... Daniel....thanks again for the reply....the version of SP1 that I found at the Microsoft site indicates that it has an expiration date....does the RTM version that you refer to that is found at other web sites also have an expiration date and must be replaced by the "official" release soon to come? Bob

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It was leaked last week and obviously does not expire. Check out the topics at Neowin for more info. http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showforum=83
02-12-2008 09:25 AM

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